A whopping 60% of candidates get rejected during assessment aptitude testing when they apply for a job.

The article below will give you top insights and tips to help you be among those who have made it, passed assessment tests and got a job at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), first time.

You will find a step-by-step summary of the best tips for successfully passing the GSK assessment process during recruitment in 2018. These are research-based, and developed by our team of organisational psychologists and recruiters who have previously worked for major test providers (CEB SHL and IBM Kenexa) and global multinationals. Let’s start.

GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) is a British pharmaceutical company headquartered in London. Although it was established in 2000 via a merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham, in 2015 GSK was already ranked the sixth largest pharmaceutical company in the world. If you think of a career in pharma industry, GSK with their huge research centers and blockbuster drugs are an ideal opportunity.

GSK receive thousands of applications each year for just a handful of job openings. All candidates have great academic results and other achievements, so you need to make sure you perform your best at every stage of the Glaxo’s assessment process, which is as follows:

  1. GSK Online application form
  2. GSK Online aptitude tests
  3. GSK Video interview
  4. GSK Assessment centre
  5. GSK Final interview


Online application

Start by doing your reseach about GSK, and then find a suitable role. After doing this, you will need to complete the online form, which will include:

  • Your education history
  • Your resume
  • Your previous experiences
  • Motivational questions, which will be based on your role

GSK online application tip: Always double check if you have provided accurate information before your submission. Never leave this until the last minute – in fact, try to apply as early as possible as applications are often reviewed on a rolling basis.

Save your inputs on your PC to track information you have provided, and remember these facts for when you get to the interview stages – especially if you apply to multiple jobs/employers.


Online Psychometric Tests

Depending on the position you applied to, you will be asked to complete a series of psychometric tests: GSK online assessments. These might include:

These tests are provided by IBM Kenexa. Learn more about Kenexa aptitude tests

A. GSK Values Fit Assessment

This is a type of personality test which will assess how your personal values fit with GSK’s values. In each question you will be presented with three statements about what is important to you in the work environment, and will then be asked to choose which is most and least important to you.

In this type of test, you should be honest and not try to manipulate the answers. These tests are designed to pick up on any inconsistencies. However, what you can do is think about your values and natural reactions to certain situations, as well as what would be expected of you in the workplace, and then try to align your answers so that they reflect both: your personal values and the expectations of the company.

B. GSK Numerical Reasoning Test

The first thing to remember is that the GSK’s numerical reasoning test does not test you on difficult math problems, but on how you can reason with the information presented in an array of different forms (graphs, tables, etc.) under time pressure.

You will have around 45 seconds to answer each question so you need to be confident performing quick calculations. There is no other way to achieve this other than practicing many numerical reasoning test questions, and improving your tactics and time control. This way you can become confident and familiar with the material tested and reduce the anxiety involved.

GSK numerical test tip: Practice thoroughly and track your progress. You need to learn to manage your stress, and the best way to achieve this is by practicing tests in a safe environment before your actual test. You do not want your actual job or internship test to become a battleground, as you have already passed the screening phase.

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Learn more about what numerical reasoning tests are and how to pass them

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GSK-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

GSK-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

GSK-style Numerical Reasoning Test Example

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C. GSK Logical Reasoning Test

GSK’s logical reasoning test does not examine any particular area of knowledge, but rather presents a candidate with 5 diagrams with varying shapes and spatial arrangements, and then asks them to identify the right pattern and decide what comes next in the sequence.

The main difficulty is that there is no limit to how abstract these patterns and trends can be, and two- and three-dimensional shapes are likely to differ on: size, arrangement, movements and colours.

Seems difficult, right? Actually – it is not as complex as you would think. The key to improve your scores is by practicing specific GSK-style logical reasoning tests – such as the ones offered by GF.

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Learn more about what logical reasoning tests are and how to pass them

GSK-style Logical Reasoning Test Example

GSK-style Logical Reasoning Test Example

In the example above, you will have ONLY around 45 seconds to notice that:

  • the arrow moves around the diagram
  • shapes change from triangle to circle to square and
  • the long line is either horizontal or vertical, and then to find the right answer!

There is a lot of time pressure which often leaves candidates anxious and harms their performance.

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D. GSK Verbal Reasoning Test

Verbal Reasoning Test will determine how confident you are in extracting information from a previously unseen passage of text, to identify whether the following statements are true, false, or impossible to say based on the information contained in the passage of text.

GSK verbal reasoning test tip: To have a better understanding of what is required of you, always start by reading the passage first before even looking at the question. Make sure you fully understand the text and only then should you attempt answering the question.

GSK’s Verbal Reasoning Test could potentially be more challenging for non-native speakers in English, but the advice we give to everyone is to practice verbal reasoning test questions beforehand, as this allows you to understand the specific way in which the texts are built and questions asked. The format of questions is very different to anything you would experience at school.

Learn more about verbal reasoning tests

  • Tune into GF Youtube channel for more hints on how to pass a numerical reasoning test
  • Remember, you will have around 45 seconds to answer questions like the following

GSK-style Verbal Reasoning Test example

GSK-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

GSK-style Verbal Reasoning Test Example

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Video Interview

Your first round interview with GSK will be conducted in the form of a video interview, which means that you can take it at any time that is convenient for you. During the video interview, you will be presented with some pre-set questions and then you will be given a time limit to record your answer. This way you do not have to stress about having someone interviewing you in real-time, but there are a couple of points you need to bear in mind.

GSK Video Interview Tips:

  • Firstly, the outfit you choose to wear is just as important as it would be in the real interview. You need to also make sure that the space behind you is clear of any distractions and looks professional.
  • Secondly, you need to watch your time limit as your answer will be stopped and uploaded automatically when you run out of time.
  • Thirdly, remember that your body language and voice say a lot about you and set the first impression. Speak clearly, look directly into the camera and practice to sound both relaxed and confident.


Assessment Centre

Congratulations if you have made it thus far! However, do not relax just yet. The GSK Assessment Centre is up next and it will be divided into two main parts: the assessment centre exercises and additional psychometric tests, which are very similar to the Situational Judgement Test.

A. Assessment Centre exercises

Examples of exercises you might need to complete during GSK Assessment Centre include:

In this task, you will be assessed on your ability to communicate and reach decisions as part of a team. You will be observed by GSK recruiters throughout the exercise, so make sure to demonstrate your strengths and share your ideas, but also be ready to appreciate others’ input and develop on their points, try to persuade others towards your ideas and ask interesting questions. Most importantly – remain calm and speak clearly.

You will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing GSK. In this task, you will need to prove your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.

In this exercise, you will work on your own to prepare a response to a case study problem in the candidate brief provided to you. You will need to develop your arguments fully, and will need to persuade the recipient towards your team’s recommendations. The best practice is to start by analysing all the information and planning your response; only then should you start writing your response. Be sure to check your grammar and spellings throughout the essay, and be cautious of the time that you have been allocated – sometimes it might be better to skip some points in order to finish on time.

B. GSK Ability Test

This GSK ability test will examine you on your main characteristics and skills in dealing with unknown situations that you are likely to encounter when working at GSK. You will need to use your common sense to identify the courses of actions that are most desirable.

The main difficulty in this ability test comes from the fact that all answers might seem to be good ideas. They will all have some good qualities – so you need to differentiate between which ones are really key.

Tip: Always start by reading all the statements, rather than evaluating them, as you go. This will help you to make better decisions.

GSK-style Ability Test Example

GSK-style Ability Test Example

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Final interview

This will be a one-on-one interview, and questions will be asked by the senior manager from the area that you applied to.

It will be competency based and will require you to demonstrate all the characteristics that GSK are looking for. Have some examples ready for use during your interview, and base these on the most common types of interview questions.

GSK interview tips:

  • When you are asked a question, always take a few seconds to plan the answer. Think of various examples of situations where you succeeded at something and demonstrated your skills, and then explain carefully what the situation was, how you reacted and what the outcome was. Use the STAR framework to do so: Situation, Task, Action and Result. Every time you answer the question, make sure to talk precisely about each of these points. Also, make sure there is a logical flow between situations you describe under S, T, A, R.
  • If you have had several jobs, try to think of examples from each of them and always try to mention all the extra-curricular activities you have been involved in.
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Correct answers to example questions:

Numerical Reasoning Test – D

Logical Reasoning Test – C

Verbal Reasoning Test – B



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